Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
I've had this on draft, where the hop character varied (apparently due to line issues), but this review is for a taste from a bottle.
Bright goldenrod body and thinnish white head that diminishes into some nice lacing.
Nose is hops, but more complex than that; mysteriously, I kinda get seaweed from this in a bottle, which is odd. Faint pineapple and coconut. A bit of apricot.
Taste is magnificent, complex, some hops (not overpowering) and also tartness, some white grape and orange-- very approachable yet quite complex.
Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and complementary to the style.
Overall this is one to convert people to pale ales, quite refined.
05-12-2011 04:08:46 | More by zaphodchak
4.03/5 rDev +1%
22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium tasting glass.
Appearance - golden orange with a slight haze and lots of cream colored head. Leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass.
Smell - peppery, yeasty, very much like a saison, with a generous hop aroma like a west coast IPA.
Taste - earthy funk with a good bitterness from citrusy hops. Astrigent dryness at the end of the sip, more from the hop bitterness than the mashing and fermentation methods.
Mouthfeel - medium body, not as dry as most saisons, a little more filling. Nice carbonic bite and slick creaminess. The hop bitterness begins to dull the tastebuds about half-way through the bottle.
Drinkability - very drinkable, very refreshing. Might make a good session beer, but would likely fatigue the tastebuds after a while.
09-24-2010 01:04:23 | More by JamnesCameron
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
Cellear contributPoured from my 22oz bottle.
Beautiful golden color. Heaviside medium thick. Carbonation bubbles mixed with a slightly hazy appearance, really a great looking brew.
aromatics of California come first. Centennial ,Chinook bitter pine, orange lemon citrus grass
All followed by a blast of Belgium. In the form of yeast spice goodness banana orange pepper clove spiced apple pear lemons and musty yeast cellar.
Taste is a welcome dominated Belgian flavor.pepper yeast citrus cellar lemon lots of grapefruit wheat blast of hops. Clean and refreshing.
Mouth feel is light bitter and well carbonated
In my opinion a great balance of west coast meets Belgium
01-23-2012 05:52:46 | More by czfreeman
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
22 oz bottle
A: Clear golden under a medium white head. Good lace and retention.
S: A nice sweet malt hits the nose first, some subtle citrus and pine hops. Surprised at the level of hops considering this is from Stone. Not complaining though, as the aroma is very balanced. Not getting much yeast which I expected.
T: Again, sweet malt is prominent, with a good mix of piney and citrus hop, along with the yeasty character I was expecting. Citrus hop character hangs around with a decent bitter finish. Yeast really kicks off a lot of flavors with every gulp. Earthy, a bit funky, maybe some apple. Very good.
M/D: Medium bodied, a bit velvet like on the tongue, carbonation is pleasing. Drinkability is very good. Excellent beer.
11-11-2009 01:29:11 | More by NCSUdo
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head that leaves a whole lotta lacing.
Big floral hops meet the familiar Belgian yeast aroma that I love so dearly. Neither of the two overpower one another, striking a nice balance.
The flavor -- while slightly heavier on the floral and citrus hops than Belgian yeast byproducts -- is pretty well balanced between the two competing profiles. The finish is a nice combination of slight sweetness and big hops.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and damned dry.
Drinkability is pretty high. While this is in no way my favorite Belgian IPA to date (Houblon Chouffe, I'm looking at you), it's a really tasty brew. If Stone were to offer it in sixers, I would definitely grab one from time to time to spice things up a bit (no pun intended... ok, maybe a little bit).
09-18-2009 07:18:41 | More by BigJim5021
2.78/5 rDev -30.3%
I had the Cali-Belgique in a tulip glass.
Appearance- This copper body has very attractive pineapple -meat highlights. The impressive foam is two-fingers in width with a white hue that dies slowly to a ring.
Smell- The Belgian qualities are certainly apparent: peppery, musty, and an herbal spiciness that reminds me of coriander. There is only a slight orange and passion fruit citrus quality to this nose. And, unfortunately, a little bit of skunk.
Taste- It starts to turn for the worse here. The skunk was handled on the nose because enough of the Belgian and citrus qualities were evident. Here, however, the skunk really pierces through and also imparts a band-aid, phenol character.
The earthy yeast is not as spicy, and there is only the softest impression of passion fruit. The bitterness certainly is not strong with this beer, but hits the palate just enough.
Mouth feel- It would be nice if this had a slightly bigger body, as it stands, it is a medium to light affair. Maybe a touch under carbonated with how slick it slides over the tongue.
Overall- This Belgian IPA could have stood to have flavors that meshed a little better in the end. The belgian yeast did not compliment the IPA flavors very well. And to top it off, the feel was just a little too light and under carbonated to help.
The off putting phenols and skunk in the nose really sealed this beers fate in the end, however, I do not know how much better this drink would have been with them taken out of the equation.
01-30-2012 01:31:57 | More by Pintofbrown
4.55/5 rDev +14%
DATE TASTED: July 27, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: post-Cinders dinner drink while viewing The King's Speech... APPEARANCE: beastly swirling tornado of effervescence ripples up to a snow-white two-finger head that frames a burnt-orange body--a beautiful glass to behold... AROMA: sugary, candied fragrance sits atop the classic Stone hops head bang--worth the price of admission just to soak in its aura... PALATE: soft, mildly hopped yet beguilingly medium-bodied; warming in the throat but not intrusive; a paradox that seems to bare out the uniqueness of the beer's namesake...TASTE: provocatively complex tart--grapefruit and pepper indelibly cascade with each swallow; balanced and substantial,, but in a way that invites a second bottle... OVERALL: Playing off the film, I will say this beer does not possess a stutter-inducing ABV, but the flavor, frame and aroma, this beer has a lot going for it...the over-babble on the bottle label could be severely edited, but no mistaking the beer is one I will recommend to friends, give as a gift and seek out when disposable income is more readily available...
07-29-2013 02:20:56 | More by dacrza1
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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